My name is Lori Yearwood and I am a trauma-informed journalist.

What does that mean?

It means that I cover stories about “marginalized” populations with tremendous sensitivity, as well as a propensity for helping readers understand the context and complexities of my sources’ lives.

As a result, I have learned that the strength of the human spirit is beyond anything I ever imagined.  I have also learned that there is great need for trauma-informed journalism that delves not only into the devastation of collapse — but also into the realities of  recovery.

Please take a look at the stories below to read some of my most recent essays and articles. My pieces have been published in The Washington Post, The Guardian, Slate, CNBC, and many other publications.

Thank you for showing up here. It is my honor to share my stories with you.

Lori Teresa Yearwood

A 22-year-old takes to the streets of a restless Salt Lake City.

SLATE

Homeless Workers Face the Pandemic

SLATE

Living on the Streets of L.A.

SLATE

Pregnant and shackled: why inmates are still giving birth cuffed and bound

THE GUARDIAN

Trauma in Plain Sight

SLATE

Moms Back From Incarceration Are Fighting to Keep Their Children

MARGUERITE CASEY FOUNDATION

Many minorities avoid seeking credit due to generations of discrimination. Why that keeps them back

CNBC

Taken for a Ride: How Ambulance Debt Afflicts the Extreme Poor

THE AMERICAN PROSPECT

How We Hate the Homeless

HMM DAILY

To help the homeless, offer shelter that allows deep sleep.

THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

Homeless women are the sexual assault survivors no one talks about. Here’s my story.

THE WASHINGTON POST